Kochi: A family in Kerala decided to donate the organs of their brain dead child, giving a new lease of life to seven people. After Navis was declared brain dead, Sajan Matthew agreed to donate the organs of his 25-year-old son. He did not even know that his selfless act would give a new lease of life to seven others.
Navis Matthew, a post-graduate student with a master's degree in accountancy from France, was taking an online class from his home in Kottayam due to the coronavirus epidemic. On September 18, when Navis did not wake up at his normal time, his younger sister Awe (13) went to wake him up, but, Navis did not wake up, even though he was breathing. The family immediately took Navis to a private hospital in Kottayam where doctors said the youth's sugar level had gone down drastically. In the next few days, his condition did not improve and he was transferred to a private hospital in Kochi on September 20. Four days later, doctors declared Navis brain dead. Soon after, his father Sajan Mathew and his family decided to donate their son's organs.
Navis' heart was removed in Kochi and taken to Kozhikode, where he was transplanted to a heart patient. The health department has prepared a green corridor to deliver live organs faster and safely. At the same time, Navis' hands, eyes, kidneys and liver were donated to those in need. Kerala Health Minister Veena George herself attended Navis' funeral and thanked the family for donating their son's organs on behalf of the state government and saving many people in the process.